Presidents Ebrahim Raisi of Iran and Emmanuel Macron of France held a phone call on Saturday to update the ongoing talks in Vienna between Tehran and the five remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran deal, officially dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA ) is known ) to ensure the revival of the agreement.
Raisi said the Iranian negotiating team has repeatedly announced that it welcomes the initiatives that would guarantee the provision and protection of the nation’s rights.
He added that “certain political pressures or claims have been made with the aim of maintaining the leverage on the Iranian nation that undermines the prospect of an agreement (in Vienna)”.
He noted that the Iranian delegation is pushing the talks in the Austrian capital with “seriousness”: “During the course of the (Vienna) negotiations, the Islamic Republic of Iran made constructive proposals and examined the proposals of the other side of the talks on the basis of their agreement with the interests of the Iranian people.”
The United States withdrew from the Iran deal in 2018 and began implementing the so-called “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the deal, including lifting sanctions that Iran had been encumbered with agreed to certain limits on its nuclear activities.
Meanwhile, the other parties to the deal, notably France, Britain and Germany, paid only lip service to securing Iran’s economic dividends promised in the JCPOA, prompting Iran – after a full year of “strategic patience” – to reduce its nuclear dividend Obligations in a legal step under the agreement.
The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is ready to end former President Donald Trump’s so-called maximum pressure policy.
Tehran says it will not settle for less than a verifiable lifting of all US sanctions. It also wants guarantees that Washington will not abandon the agreement again.
Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Thursday that enemies are trying to deprive the Iranians of peaceful nuclear energy, reiterating that the Islamic Republic has never sought nuclear weapons.
“You see how oppressively the enemy front is concentrating on the question of our nuclear energy. They (the enemy) impose sanctions on (us) because of the nuclear energy (program) they know to be peaceful. And whatever they may say about Iran being some time away from making a (nuclear) bomb is nonsensical and meaningless,” the Chairman said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Raisi said that Iran’s history of interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the agency’s numerous reports confirming the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear activities proved the false claims made by some countries against Tehran.
“In order to show its goodwill, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized (its) professional cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and we must be vigilant about the enemy’s plans in this regard,” the Iranian president stressed.
Noting Iran’s active role in the fight against terrorism alongside Iraq and Syria, Raisi said that an effective confrontation of the Islamic Republic, particularly the efforts of Iran’s Supreme Counter-Terrorism Commander General Qassem Soleimani, to counter the terrorists of Daesh ( ISIL or ISIS) from gaining a foothold in Europe.
For his part, the French President said that good progress had been made in the Vienna talks and expressed hope that the negotiations between Iran and the group of P4+1 countries would bear fruit as soon as possible.
The Iranian and French Presidents also discussed recent regional developments and the COVID-19 pandemic.